After reports emerged that impending free agent offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee (Joe Soriano provides great insight), later on we found out that offensive lineman Dan Connolly was also under the knives for a surgery on his right shoulder last week sources said according to Boston.com Shalise Manza.
Connolly played 14 games but missed the Arizona game because of a concussion and the Colts game as a result of a back injury. His back injury seems to be an on-going issue from the mid-season forward as he had been listed “questionable” for at least 7 games, except for the post-season game.
Upon signing to a three-year contract ($9,750 million), the 30 year-old offensive lineman was presumed to start as a center, but plans changed as Brian Waters excluded himself from the team and Connolly had to stepped-up to right guard. Pro Football Focus graded him somewhat negatively as both a run and pass blocker which could be due to the result of his back injury making him roster spot vulnerable to competition.
It’s estimated that Connolly will be ready for training camp and hopefully he will stay in good health throughout the season. However, it could be sign that Patriots might need to look for a fresher offensive lineman or consider the “next man up”.
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